From the very beginning of the multi-member board of commissioners in Cobb County there has been an unwritten understanding that appointments made by any commissioner to serve a public interest would be supported by the entire board. The understanding is based on respect for fellow commissioners and the need to serve all county residents. This unwritten policy has served Cobb County well and through the many years, there have only been two proposed appointments that have been rejected and the leader of these proposed appointments has been the same person — (present Commission Chairman) Tim Lee!
Commissioner Bob Ott proposed to appoint former Commissioner Thea Powell to an oversight position and Lee coordinated enough votes to defeat the appointment. Last week, Commissioner Lisa Cupid proposed to appoint (anti-SPLOST leader) Lance Lamberton to a SPLOST oversight committee. Tim Lee is coordinating opposition to the proposed appointment once again.
Commissioners Ott and Cupid have earned the respect and support of their constituents and their appointments must be honored. Lee is clearly showing a vindictive personality with his coordinated opposition to other commissioners’ appointments and his efforts must be rejected.
Cobb County needs leadership more than ever, in these times and Lee has failed once again.
I urge the four district commissioners to support Commissioner Cupid with her proposed appointment of Lamberton at the next commission meeting.
(Editor’s note: Mr. Byrne is a former chairman of the Cobb Board of Commissioners and was defeated by Lee last year in his quest to regain that office.)